Great Books Recommended for
Bible Teachers and Christian Leaders

The list below is a personal look at the 75 Christian books that have most influenced me.  These are the books that I go back to repeatedly, and gain more from each time I review them.  They've stood the test of time for me.

Now I've read many more books on prayer, theology, men's ministry, church and small group leadership, biographies, and teaching than what are represented here.  And many of those books are terrific.  But they haven't shaped me repeatedly the way this group of books has.  

The books aren't listed in any particular order except how they were arranged on my shelves.  There is a broad mix of old and new.  I tend to agree with C.S. Lewis that we over-value new books, so I've worked hard to systematically read time-tested classics from centuries gone by.

You can find many of these older books free on the web if you search. and have the rest.  

Remember, stock your library with great books that feed you, and become channels by which God speaks into your chest.  

May the Lord bless your reading and learning!

Teach to change lives,

Glenn Brooke
March 2009


75 Books That Have Powerfully Influenced Me

Celebration of Discipline (Foster)

Prayer (Foster)

With Christ in the School of Prayer (Murray)

Abide in Christ (Murray)

Spiritual Leadership (Sanders)

Foxes Book of Martyrs (Foxe)

Pilgrim's Progress (Bunyan)

Heaven (Alcorn)

The Divine Conspiracy (Willard)

Spirit of the Disciplines (Willard)

Renovating the Heart (Willard)

Hearing God (Willard)

Eat this Book (Peterson)

Don't Waste Your Life (Piper)

Future Grace (Piper)

Desiring God (Piper)

Institutes of Christian Religion (Calvin)

The Cost of Discipleship (Bonhoeffer)

Mere Christianity (Lewis)

The Chronicles of Narnia (Lewis)

The Great Divorce (Lewis)

Knowing God (Packer)

John Woolman's Journal (Woolman)

Lost Art of Discipleship (Eims)

Confessions (Augustine)

City of God (Augustine)

Commentary on Galatians (Luther)

Total Truth (Pearcy)

Communicating for Change (Stanley)

Age of Opportunity (Tripp)

Lost in the Middle (Tripp)

Elders and Leaders (Getz)

Testament of Devotion (Kelly)

Complete Works of E.M. Bounds on Prayer (Bounds)

The Jesus Style (Erwin)

Experiencing God Through Prayer (Guyon)

Spiritual Leadership (Blackaby)

Experiencing God (Blackaby)

Meditating on the Word (Bonhoeffer)

I Talk Back to the Devil (Tozer)

Practice of the Presence of God (Lawrence)

The Pursuit of God (Tozer)

More Than A Carpenter (McDowell)

Seven Practices of Effective Ministry (Stanley)

Life Together (Bonhoeffer)

The Practice of Godliness (Bridges)

Precious Remedies Against Satan's Devices (Brooks)

Watch Your Walk (Baxter)

A Long Obedience in the Same Direction (Peterson)

How to Keep a Spiritual Journal (Klug)

The Genesee Diary (Nouwen)

The Soul Winner (Spurgeon)

Prayer Ministry of the Church (Nee)

The Pursuit of Holiness (Bridges)

Know Why You Believe (Little)

Ye Search the Scriptures (Nee)

Body Life (Stedman)

The Imitation of Christ (Thomas A Kempis)

Basic Christianity (Stott)

A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life (Law)

Art of Craft of Biblical Preaching (Robinson)

Instruments in the Redeemer's Hands (Tripp)

Freedom of the Will (Edwards)

Table Talk (Luther)

Knowledge of the Holy (Tozer)

The Gospel of the Kingdom (Ladd)

The Master Plan of Evangelism (Coleman)

The God Who Is There (Schaeffer)

My Utmost For His Highest (Chambers)

The Kneeling Christian (anonymous)

Dark Night of the Soul (John of the Cross)

Interior Castle (Teresa of Avila)

The Reformed Pastor (Baxter)

Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah (Edersheim)

Point Man (Farrar)


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